ICC Women's World Cup 2017: India play England on opening day, will face Pakistan on 2 July

PTI, Mar, 08 2017
ICC Women's World Cup 2017: India play England on opening day, will face Pakistan on 2 July

London: Former champions India will face hosts England at Derby, while New Zealand meets qualifier Sri Lanka in Bristol on the opening day of the ICC Women's World Cup which gets underway on 24 June, ICC said on Wednesday.

India will feature in four games in Derby, including the much-anticipated clash with its arch rival Pakistan on 2 July. India will also take on the West Indies in Taunton, Australia in Bristol and South Africa in Leicester.

Reigning champion Australia will begin its title defence against West Indies at Taunton on 26 June, said the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a release.

Indian women's cricket team. Twitter/@ICC

The tournament will see 28 matches being held over 21 days. A round-robin between the world's eight best teams will conclude with the semi-finals at Bristol and Derby before the final at Lord's on 23 July.

England will take on the six-time and reigning champion Australia in Bristol on 9 July and the highly-fancied New Zealand in Derby on 12 July.

The big-hitting West Indies team, runner-up in the 2013 edition, will play three matches in Taunton including the repeat of the Mumbai final against Australia in the opening match at the County Ground on 26 June.

Leicester will be the home venue for Pakistan with five of its seven matches being staged at Grace Road including matches against England on 27 June and Australia on 5 July.

The two semi-finals will be in Derby and Bristol on 18 July and 20 July, culminating with a Lord's final on 23 July, for which tickets are already selling quickly.

David Richardson, the ICC Chief Executive, said: "I can't think of a better moment than International Women's Day to unveil the schedule of one of the leading global events in women's sport.

"We are anticipating an exciting tournament and I know the players are looking forward to competing here in front of unprecedented levels of support.

"We've already sold 9000 tickets for the final at Lord's which bodes well for the rest of the event going on sale today. I know we can always count on the British sport loving public to support big events.

"After the extremely successful qualifying tournament in Sri Lanka last month, we can already see that there will be some fiercely contested fixtures as the standard and competitiveness of women's cricket continues to rise," he said.

Steve Elworthy, the Managing Director of the ICC Women's World Cup, said: "We are extremely excited about the ICC Women's World Cup being staged at four outstanding county grounds which I am sure will provide the best possible showcase for the top players in the women's game.

"Today, the tickets for all the matches will go on sale and I am sure they will be in high demand as each of the competing countries have large support in England and Wales. This promises to be the best ICC Women's World Cup tournament and I am sure everyone will want to be a part of the event."

Published Date: Mar 08, 2017 | Updated Date: Mar 08, 2017


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115